Professional Staff Senate


The Professional Staff Senate is a part of shared governance at the University of Southern Maine.  The Senate works to ensure that the voices of Professional Staff at the University (both UMPSA and non-UMPSA) are represented and seek to empower staff in a number of ways.

Scholarship / Professional Development:

  • Sponsors events and workshops that assist in the personal and professional development of professional staff members.
  • Supports annual scholarships for professional staff members.


  • Creates forums for networking and community building among the professional staff.
  • Ensures the involvement of the professional staff in policy and information flows, providing advocacy where necessary and appropriate.
  • Communicates to the rest of the University community information regarding professional staff.

Awards & Recognition: 

  • Supports/assures appropriate recognition of the contributions of the professional staff, primarily through the President’s Awards and the Employee Recognition Event.


  • Advises/makes recommendations to the President and university leadership on any matter of concern to the professional staff.
  • Represents the professional staff on committees, boards, and at appropriate symbolic occasions.
  • Supports ongoing antiracism and diversity initiatives at USM, such as through the formation of the Ad Hoc Anti-Racism Subcommittee

Please reach out to Netty Provost, Chair of the Professional Staff Senate, if you have any questions or comments for us. As of 2/11/2021, we have also created a Staff Senate FAQ page.

Our meetings are always open to any member of the University community.  We would love to have you join us!